New Windows 10 Build Improves Start Menu, Tablet Mode and Fixes Plenty of Bugs
Windows 10 is released and out in the wild, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t updates being released anymore. Microsoft has recently released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10547 which comes with quite a few updates.
The most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10547 has been released to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, bringing a wide range of bug fixes and improvements. Most if these issues have been fixed thanks to feedback sent via the Windows Feedback app, which helps Microsoft discover which are the problems that need to be addressed.
The new build brings improvements to Start, the tablet mode, a bunch of app updates, a preview of Object RTC in Microsoft Edge, text input panel improvements and other fixes. Here’s what Microsoft had to say about each of them.
Start menu updated in Windows 10
The default for tile groups on Start is to have 3 columns of medium sized tiles, but we heard feedback from many Insiders who wanted the ability to have a 4th column as well, so they could have two wide or large sized tiles side by side in a group. In this build, you can enable this by going to the Settings app > Personalization > Start and enabling “Show more tiles”. And for the Insiders that want more than 512 tiles on Start; we now support up to 2048. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Tablet mode improvements
When in Tablet mode, from Task View you can now snap apps to left and right, replace a previously snapped app with another (teeter) and swipe down to close an app
Default app updates in Windows 10
We’ve released many updates to our apps in Windows 10. For example – we’ve updated the Photos app to introduce a folder view that makes it easy for you to see your OneDrive and PC folders. The Xbox app has also received a pretty big update – you can read about it here from Xbox Wire. And many other apps such as Groove, Mail and Calendar and Maps have also received updates. Make sure to check the Store for updates, and send us feedback on these updated apps.
Various other fixes
- We have fixed a lot of the underlying causes of the critical error dialog Insiders were seeing with Start. And search should work more consistently now when interacting with Start
- The notification icon for Action Center should no longer light up even though there weren’t any new notifications
- We fixed an issue where the Battery fly-out text was truncated in certain languages
- When choosing background shuffle, we’ve enabled the ability to shuffle backgrounds randomly instead of the order they appear in the folder
- You can now use Cortana with local accounts as well as with a Microsoft account. You will be able to use Cortana without converting your local account to a connected MSA account. Due to a mix-up on our end – this functionality is not yet enabled this this build but coming with a new build in the coming weeks
- We have fixed several issues with audio – including issues specific affecting Realtek audio devices
However, there are still plenty of issues that Microsoft is till working on, as follows:
- Languages packs are being published, but will be rolling out to the update servers throughout the day
- Windows Store apps may not update automatically. To receive app updates, open the Store, click on your profile picture at the top right, choose “Download and updates” and check for updates manually
- Using Notepad.exe from the command line to open files when using only a file name, such as ‘file.txt’, will fail with a permissions error. This will be fixed in a future build, but this can be worked around by using a full or partial path, such as ‘.\file.txt’, or using File->Open options in the UI
- Clicking on the system icons in the notification area quickly can result in Windows Shell blocking the launch of fly-outs like Audio, Networking, etc. This can be resolved by rebooting your PC
- You will see a warning message in the Settings app > Update & Security > Windows Update regarding preview builds. Don’t worry about this – It is safe to ignore for now. We’re adding some new functionality to help you diagnose what’s going on if a new build isn’t getting to you, but it’s not fully implemented yet.
We will be keeping an eye on fresh builds released by Microsoft and you can leave your comment below and let us know if they improved your overall experience.
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